Saturday, 9 January 2016

Weird things writers say and do

I've been getting more and more blank stares since delving into the world of storytelling and publishing, and have been giggling to myself about a few today so thought I'd share them...

1. We say weird things as and when they pop into our heads, pull out notebooks mid-conversation and ask random questions in search of our next plot twist. 

2. We use unusual terminology to describe ourselves and our work rather than just saying 'I write books.' We say things like - 'Alpha male,' 'Book hangover,' 'Indie rather than Traditional,' 'Hybrid authors,' 'Hosted a takeover.'

3. Our word power has increased so much we think it's okay to throw long and strange words into everyday conversation.

4. When we started out the very idea of coming across as weird was the last thing we wanted, by the end of our first year we embrace the stereotype and downright enjoy it!

5. We talk about our current story in terms that only other bookie people understand. "I wrote 3k of my WIP today." "Working on the conflict resolution before the HAE."

6. We constantly have to remind our friends that they aren't going to make it into our next novel. Seriously, I don't know why you think I'm lacking in inspiration, but your story of your husband farting and burping before propositioning you is NOT what makes for a 'real' romance novel :-D

7. When we daydream, we're working! Strange as it is, we work day and night at our craft. My dreams often feature in my storylines, and there's no such thing as insomnia as I simply see those 4am random wakeups as brainstorming time!

8. We cry or break a little inside when we receive our first negative reviews, and then suddenly transition to not caring about that one persons opinion and focussing on the numerous who loved the book. Experienced authors told us so from day1, but it still takes time to get there by ourselves, and when it happens it is truly liberating. 

9. We spend hours looking for the perfect quotes to post online because we're procrastinating. It's usually when we're too tired or lacking in inspiration to write, or because we're on the toilet! 

10. We love it when people contact us about our books. Don't ever be scared to come across as too strong (unless you're messaging every 5minutes or offering to show us your body parts) because it really makes our day.  If you loved a book, review it and like the author's page, message them and tell them why you liked it. Start a conversation and join their groups or express an interest in them, because you might just get the offer of an ARC for their next book! Authors spend a great deal of time supporting one another, and when our readers show real support for our work they are like diamonds in the sea of stones. We cherish them and keep them close x

I hope you've enjoyed this fun post, I loved putting it together! x

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

I'm gonna break your heart...

So, better late than never, Happy New Year :-D 

I've been working hard on a follow up to Forever Lost and am so close it's unreal, eek! 

And now, I feel the need to talk to someone about where I'm at! Around a year ago I wrote a scene that broke my heart so badly I cried the entire way through it. For the first time in my writing career, I'd started a book by writing the climactic ending first, and boy did it do a number on me. 

I then spent months writing the build up to it, and yet never once read that scene back again because I knew it was something that'd break my heart all over again...Today I reached the point where that scene began, and read it over. 

All I can say is I'm sorry, but it looks like I'm gonna be in a some of your bad books after one! Forever Lost's sequel will certainly be a shocker ;-) x